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The symbol shows the location of the Craigkelly (Fife, Scotland) transmitter which serves 430,000 homes. The bright green areas shown where the signal from this transmitter is strong, dark green areas are poorer signals. Those parts shown in yellow may have interference on the same frequency from other masts.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Craigkelly (Fife, Scotland) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Craigkelly transmitter broadcast?

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Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C27 (522.0MHz)311mDTG-320,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba, 23 BBC Three, 24 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 12 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)311mDTG-320,000W
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3 STV (SD) (STV Central (Edinburgh micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Scotland ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Scotland ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (STV Edinburgh), 35 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)311mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (STV West), 103 STV HD (STV West), 104 Channel 4 HD Scotland ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 108 BBC Scotland HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
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12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
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11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C38+ (610.2MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 91 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

LEH
 H -6dB
C30 (546.0MHz)311mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
from 30th June 2014: 8 STV Edinburgh,

com7
 H -2.7dB
C55 (746.0MHz)311mDTG-610,800W
Channel icons


DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Craigkelly transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Reporting Scotland 2.4m homes 9.2%
from Glasgow G51 1DA, 70km west-southwest (252°)
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
regional news image
STV News 0.5m homes 1.7%
from Edinburgh EH3 9QG, 14km south (174°)
to STV Central (Edinburgh) region - 8 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

DullaturTransposer20 km NE Glasgow40 homes
EdinburghTransposerSighthill area167 homes

How will the Craigkelly (Fife, Scotland) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-133 Oct 2018
A K TK TK TK TW T
C21C4wavesC4wavesC4waves+BBCBBBCB
C24ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4
C27BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCA
C29SDN
C30LEH
C31BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesArqA
C32_local
C33com7
C34com8
C38ArqB
C39+ArqB
C42SDN
C45ArqA
C48C5wavesC5waves
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 1 Jun 11 and 15 Jun 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
com7, com8(-9.7dB) 10.8kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
LEH(-13dB) 5kW
Analogue 5, Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-14dB) 4kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 2kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Craigkelly transmitter area

Aug 1957-Jun 1997Scottish Television
Jun 1997-Dec 2014STV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Craigkelly was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Comments
Thursday, 27 June 2013
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Michael
sentiment_satisfiedGold

5:14 PM

Johnm: No problems reported via BBC or DUK, and no problems here receiving from Craigkelly. If 2 TVs on one aerial are having problems, that usually means there's a problem with the aerial system (or perhaps signal in your area). How far away is your father's house? If you provide a postcode we can check your predicted signal.

w miller: I think I noticed a little delay yesterday, but checked just now and it's fine.

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Michael's 358 posts GB
Friday, 28 June 2013
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w miller
3:06 PM
Kirkcaldy

Watching f1practace on bbc hd red button
Still big audio delay
Ariel been checked strength is correct
who's this down to

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Michael
sentiment_satisfiedGold

3:53 PM

w miller: I noticed it as well, reported it to Radio & Television Investigation Service and suggest you do the same. (KY39JS)

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Michael's 358 posts GB
Friday, 12 July 2013
C
Colin Brown
2:23 PM

Ho hum. First of all I had to spend £100 for a new aerial at switchover, because the planners could not fit all the muxs into a single band aerial for viewers in the capital of Scotland! Now a card through the post today saying might get interference from 4G mobiles .. and where? On C21 of course - just where BBC1,2, STV and channel 4 HDs are. Who plans these things?

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MikeB
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

2:28 PM

Colin Brown: If you look at Brian's latest updates on 4G, you'll see thats its very unlikely that you'll have any problem in the heart of Edinburgh - the card is a precaution, not a certainty.

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John Robinson
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

6:19 PM
Edinburgh

Colin Brown: you didn't have to buy a new aerial because the PSB muxes are transmitted in the same band as the pre-digital public service channels. It was your choice to receive the additional commercial services.

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Colin Bown
7:52 PM

John Robinson - thats a bit disengenuous. Before switchover many of the other services WERE on muxs in Craigkelly's band. My decision sitting in the capital of Scotland was to loose the commercial channels moved outside the band I WAS ALREADY RECEIVING and hard luck - while other transmitters nearby had all their muxs within a single band aerial at stitchover - not just the PSBmuxs.

MikeB - I understand but given all the tests quoted on AT800's site and project planning for a multi million pounds rollout can we not be more specific for mere members of the public? I have suggested to AT800 a postcode search to show which local masts have been switched on and when. And silly me I thought I had received a card because I was one of a few in a potentially susceptible area. Have they flooded the whole of Edinburgh and South Fife with cards?

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Saturday, 13 July 2013
M
Michael
sentiment_satisfiedGold

2:14 PM
Burntisland

Colin Bown: Only one of the three COM muxes were in band before switchover (SDN/Mux A as you can see from the table above).

No at800 cards here over the water in Fife, although it'll be a while until 4G masts are switched on over here probably, bigger towns and cities will get it first.

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John Robinson
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

2:46 PM
Edinburgh

Colin Brown, if you received all 6 pre-switchover muxes, including C and D which were already out of band A, I am mystified as to why post-switchover you could not receive ArqB and SDN on the same channels transmitted at 5 times the power - 7dB higher signal - and indeed ArqA, only slightly further out of band. The aerial bands aren't absolute cut-offs, aerials typically have a few dB fall out of band, getting worse as you go further out of band, and the huge increase in signal should have meant you'd receive them just fine.

And re 4G, given you do have your own aerial, and even the original estimates were 1/150 for people with their own aerial, with the new reduced probabilities, I'd say you have a 1/1250 chance of having problems, given you do have your own aerial, and are not sharing a communal aerial or using an amplifier.

Second thing: I am puzzled as to how 4G at 791-862MHz could affect channel 21+ at 474.2MHz at all, if channels 24 and 27 aren't affected. Surely it'll be TV broadcasts at channels 50+ right next to the new 800MHz band that would be affected?

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John Robinson's 43 posts GB
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
C
Colin Brown
12:17 PM

Lost psb2 (c24) this morning (STV, Channel 4 , channel 5 etc). Tried At800 filter just in case - still nothing. Is there a problem? Anyone else lost this mux?

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